On Monday, we talked about the confusion we face today about identity. We know that it’s more important to be regarded by our character rather than by our caricature.
I suggested that identifying ourselves by our demographics, such as race and gender, is not only insignificant but also draws us away from our true identities.
Galatians 3:28 (NIV)
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
It’s easy to check mark boxes on paperwork. Defining yourself is not that easy though, those statistics say nothing about who you actually are.
Because we are not a Jew nor Gentile, nor male and female, we are all one in Christ. That’s who we are! The body of Christ.
Glad we got that cleared up. There’s still another way our identity can technically be distinguished, and it’s in the eyes of other people.
Who cares what people think, we should only care what God thinks…right? Have you ever said, “it doesn’t matter what people think of me?” We all have!
Proverbs 22:1 (NLT)
“Choose a good reputation over great riches;
being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”
CHOOSE a good reputation. Wait, God, are you saying that we choose how other people view us? So yes, some people may be nasty and hate us just because. But that does not mean we don’t have a choice over how we treat them.
Our behavior constitutes our reputation. Even if someone is determined to dislike you, it’s your responsibility to still act righteously around them. Because we are supposed to represent Christ. The Holy Spirit is indwelt in every person who has accepted Jesus; that means our character should reflect the fruits of His Spirit.
Which are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
“Even children are known by the way they act,
whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.”
How are children known? By the way they act, by their conduct.
“A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.
And the day you die is better than the day you are born.”
Why is the day you die better than the day you were born? When you die, you are remembered for who you were. You only live on in the memories of others, what do you think those memories will be? I don’t know but I have a feeling it’s directly related to how you acted around them and how you treated them.
Our reputations are greater than any worldly wealth. That’s heavy. So, in fact, it does matter what people think of us.
I know that can be kind of scary. I’ve made bad choices in the past that could cause me to look questionable in the eyes of others. I was a broken person making broke choices. The people of my old life may recognize me solely on my bodily appearance but they would not know me as I am today. That’s why I must choose a good reputation today. The ghost of my past should be no match for the good memories formed by my Spirited character.
Our physical identity is nothing compared to our spiritual identity. Our spiritual identity is still reflected in what we look like via our lifestyle choices and our attitude towards others.
SO, nah, I won’t dress up my ethnicity or gender or age or what small details have you.
I will dress up my character. I want His Spirit to shine through mine. I want to look good to others so I can show others how great my God is.
They say that the Bible is a mirror because it shows us exactly who we are. So, I encourage you to take it up and start fixing that outward presentation.
God’s way 🙂
This is my fifth post for Wednesday Wisdoms, a new weekly category that will focus on the Holy Word. These weekly wisdom posts will always include Bible verse, devotional thoughts and encouragement to get into your own quiet time with God.